Philip Hoffman is one actor who never shied away from the dark struggles of all characters that he played, managing to find the complex humanity in the most troubling characters as well. Hoffman received acclaim for his stage performances in ‘Death of a Sales Man’ and ‘True West,’ with his roles portraying him as a great and gifted actor. In a span of seven years, he received four ‘Academy Award Nominations,’ winning for the roles played in ‘The Master,’ ‘Doubt’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War.’ Philip always gave a passionate performance with charm, tenderness, warmth, shambolic eccentricity and wit. Like a great actor, he always transformed without vanity for his roles that range from ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Small Independent Movies.’ We have ten of his best movies.
Top Ten Movies by Phillip Hoffman of all time
10. Capote (2005)
Bennett Miller is the director of the famous movie called ‘Capote.’ In the film, Hoffman gets utterly convincing and mesmerizing in the role he plays: Truman Capote. He does an extensive research of a classic crime book called ‘In Cold Blood.’ The transformative role captured the wit, physicality, and voice of Philip Hoffman. The role won him the ‘Best Actor Oscar,’ overlooking his other magnificent performance in ‘Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.
9. Almost Famous (2000)
‘Almost Famous’ is another favorite by Philip Hoffman movie with Cameron Crowe as the director. Hoffman acts as Lester Bangs, a famous rock journalist who pleads with a young protégé called William Miller to try and be ‘unmerciful and honest’ in everything he reviews. Philip remained the likable character despite him having unruly hair, wearing shades and in a leather jacket. His role earned him several nominations.
8. The Master (2012)
Thomas Paul Anderson directs the film known as ‘The Master.’ The character of Lancaster Dodd is morally troubling and complex. The charismatic cult head charms damage for Freddie Quell, a former sailor whose role is played by Phoenix Joaquin. It is true that there existed some cracks in the integrity of the character. However, Philip Hoffman plays him as an inspired and committed figure who rules his devotees ferociously.
7. Doubt (2008)
Patrick John Shanley is the Director of the 2008 movie called ‘Doubt.’ In the film, Philip Hoffman plays Father Flynn Brendan, a parish priest who is at war with Meryl Streep, principal of the Bronx Catholic school. The school head believes that Father Brendan involves in some inappropriate behavior with the altar boys. The two complex characters give some powerhouse performances that test the limits of faith.
6. Happiness (1998)
Solondz Todd makes the movie called ‘Happiness’ the way you see it by directing the same to his best. In the troubling black comedy, Philip Hoffman plays a timid neighbor called Allen, someone who has a taste for every obscene phone call. The role is unflattering, sexually damaged and tragic. There exist very few actors who are fearless enough to accept and play the role that Hoffman had to play.
5. Magnolia (1999)
The 1999 thriller film titled ‘Magnolia’ has Paul Anderson Thomas as the director. Phillip Hoffman acts a male nurse named Phil Parma who is very devoted to a dying guy I a trend of intersecting tales. The film takes us to California in the San Fernando Valley on a very memorable day. The character’s role is truthful, it lacks vanity and is underplayed. The pride contributes to charming the incredibly human movie.
4. Boogie Nights (1997)
‘Boogie Nights’ is a 1997 film that also has Paul Thomas Anderson as the director. Hoffman takes an early breakthrough character by acting Scotty J. The boom operator is gay and loves a porn star who is part of a big film crew. The movie also contains other lovely actors such as Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg. ‘Boogie Nights’ is one of the films that made Anderson, having started with ‘Hard Eight’ one year later.
3. The Savages (2007)
In ‘The Savages,’ Phillip Hoffman plays Jon Savage, a professor of theater who never finishes his book about Bertolt Brecht. One day the professor’s dad requires special care, and he must join hands with sister Laura Linney (Playing as Wendy) to deal with their father’s mortality. Tamara Jenkins directs the comic age that is presented in a real actor’s film. The film is one of the many in which Philip Hoffman brings humanity to a very maudlin subject.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
‘The Big Lebowski’ is a crazy comedy that is a favorite and loved cult film. Phillip Hoffman takes a supportive and memorable role as Brandt, the personal assistant who is unctuous but should be the peacemaker between the Lebowskis. Coen Ethan and Joel are the directors of the 1998 ‘The Big Lebowski.’
1. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
Sidney Lumet is privileged to be the director of Phillip Hoffman’s best movie: ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.’ The movie also happens to be the last one from the director of ‘Dog Day,’ ’12 Angry Men’, ‘Network’ and ‘Afternoon.’ The ensemble piece has Hoffman acting as one of the duo brothers who decide to rob a jewelry store that belongs to their parents. The love scene with Tomei Marisa proved that the character’s look was put ahead of vanity.
Philip Hoffman’s Last Movies
1. A Most Wanted Man
An Islam from Chechen immigrates illegally to Hamburg but is caught in the international war against terrorism. Anton Corbin is the director of ‘A Most Wanted Man.’ The writers are John le Carre and Andrew Bovell. The actors include Rachel McAdams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Daniel Bruhl.
2. God’s Pocket
In ‘God’s Pocket,’ a blue-collar employee attempts to cover-up after the murder of his stepson in a suspicious accident. However, a local reporter notices that something is not right with the death. The film is written by Alex Metcalf and Peter Dexter, and the director is John Slattery. ‘God’s Pocket’ is acted by Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Hollywood has lost a talented and great actor: Rest in peace, Philip Hoffman.